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Women's Track Outpaces Invitational Competition To Finish in First Place

By Eugenia Hahn
team member

The women's varsity track and field team dominated the Fitchburg State Invitational last Saturday by finishing in first place with 91 points, a full 42 points ahead of the second-place team.

With their score, the Engineers proved that they had the depth and strength in many events and that they could perform well in adverse weather conditions.

Fitchburg State, the host team, came in second with 49 points; Worcester State College (20 points) and Regis College (4 points) also competed in the invitational.

Despite the wind and rain, the team managed to break a freshman record and to dominate some events like the 1,500 meters.

In the hammer throw, Crystal Harris '00 set a new freshman record with a throw of 93 feet 2 inches. Janis Eisenberg '98, Michelle Hardiman '00, and Debbie Won '00 dominated the 1,500, coming in first, second, and fourth respectively. Eisenberg again led the field in the 3,000 meters, an event swept by MIT.

Other strong performances include first-place finishes by Alyssa Thorvaldsen '00 in both the 100- and 400-meter hurdles, Jill Eich '99 in the high jump, and Elaine Chen '99 in the long jump.

Other team members that earned points include Jennifer Elizondo '99 and Harris with second- and third-place throws in the javelin. Harris and Elizondo also scored for the team in the shotput, coming in at second and third-places, respectively.

Chen and Renee Bowen '00 placed second and third in the 100-meter dash and third and fourth in the 200 meters. In the 800-meter run, Robin Evans '99 and Leah Nichols '00 came in first and second.

Coach Joe Sousa was pleased with the team's performance in adverse weather conditions. This win brings the team's record to 62 for the season.